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Dry January. How to avoid dry skin in January.

Moisturised skin matters…

Dry January? No, we’re not asking if you’ve eased off the vino for the month, we’re talking about your skin…

What’s the difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin? 

Dehydrated skin happens when there is a lack of water retained. Dehydrated skin looks dull, it looks tired and it lacks elasticity. A simple test is to pinch the back of your hand or cheek and see how quickly, or not, it bounces backs. If it doesn’t *ping* back, it’s likely that you are dehydrated. More on this another day in another blog. 

However, if you are experiencing dry skin, which many of us do this time of year, your skin may be looking flaky or scaly. 

Now some of us naturally are of a dry skin type but if not, we all do tend to experience dry skin at some point. This is because during the winter the cold weather causes humidity levels to be lower and you might be enjoying warmer baths/showers or centrally heated rooms. Which may feel cosy and snug but our lipid barrier, which is the shell layer of our epidermis, isn’t a fan and can quickly dry. 

Age is also factor. As we get older our pores naturally produce less oil and our skin cell renewal isn’t as fast as it once was, which raises our chances of getting dry skin. 

How to fix your dry skin…

So if you’re looking to restore the barrier of the skin and bring it back to its natural state of balance here’s how…

  1. Apply your products straight after you’ve showered. 
  2. Use a humidifier to put moisture back into the air. 
  3. Wear gloves, when heading out don’t use those faux-fur accessories your Nan got you for Christmas and slap on the silicone ones when doing the washing up. Trust us, your hands will thank us later. 

And of course, it wouldn’t be a SkinAddict blog without our experts’ hand-picked product recommendations…

What products are best for my dry skin? 

DermaQuest Nourishing Peptide Rich 

The combination of peptides and plant stem cells in this rich cream has been formulated to address the driest skin with ageing concerns. Returning your skin’s youthful vibrancy in no time. 

Obagi Hydrate Luxe 

Just as the name suggests, this luxuriously rich face cream contains ingredients to keep your skin looking and feeling supple and firm. 

Specifically engineered with key biomimetic peptides, this non- pore blocking moisturiser provides overnight, ultra-rich moisturisation but can be used in the day time too if you’re needing an extra dry-skin combating boost.

Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Omegas 

Because it’s not just your face that needs some tlc, your whole body can experience dry skin. 

Omega-3 and other fatty acids act as an internal moisturiser for skin, helping to ease the uncomfortable tightness and dryness. Research and feedback suggests that these ingredients are beneficial for not only dry skin since ish oils can soothe and improve the skin’s barrier function.

Omegas are a patient favourite also because they are made from the freshest and purest fish oil but not with that off-putting taste. 

All you need is 2 capsules daily and voila 💫 radiant skin from head to toe. 


Environ EssentiA Antioxidant AVST Gel 

This AVST calming gel is ideal for skin that is dry. It contains Vitamins C which promotes the production of healthy collagen and elastin, and Vitamin E which improves hydration within the skin.

You need to boost your skin’s immunity with powerful antioxidants that will soothe the appearance of sensitivity and this must-have product deserves a place on your skincare shelf. 

Want to achieve your best skin ever? 

Of course you do, contact Aesthetic Skin Specialist Samantha on [email protected] for a free consultation and advice. 

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